Besides some injuries (Kawhi…still waiting), this has been a fun NBA season so far. Super Teams are proving not to be as “super” as we once thought they would be. The Celtics are continuing to tease Boston fans into thinking they will reach the NBA Finals this year. And there are players who are straight up balling right now.
I’ve complied a short list of players that are fun to watch so far this season. These guys are not necessarily my favorite players or my ranking of the best players in the league, but they are certainly surpassing expectations and wreaking havoc on the league in their own way.
Here you go:
5. Kristaps Porzingis
As a native New Yorker, it brings me great pride and joy to see Kristaps Porzingis give us hope in the post-Melo era. Porzingis is playing like he’s from another planet right now. He has all the tools to be one of the best players in the league, and he plays for the Knicks. Now let’s all please knock on wood as this is the New York Knicks we are talking about. Averaging more than 27 points a game, Porzingis has lead the Knicks to their best start in recent memory. Dare I say playoffs? Okay, let’s not get ahead of ourselves but this guy definitely has the Knicks headed in the right direction.
4. Kyle Kuzma
I am so proud to say I drafted Kyle Kuzma in my 12-team fantasy draft, and yes I will go out of my way to remind you all of this all season long. There has been so much hype around him since the pre-season and he has not disappointed, unlike his teammate Lonzo Ball. Kuzma started the season coming off of the bench and has eased his way into the Los Angeles Lakers starting lineup. He is averaging around 16 points and 7 rebounds and, at power forward, can consistently score from deep. As a rookie, he is unexpectedly looking like the future for the Lakers and is quickly making his case for the Rookie of the Year Award.
3. James Harden
James Harden has been going hard…on offense. Okay, though he doesn’t play defense and has a coach that’s mostly known for offense, Harden does not disappoint when he steps onto the court. There used to be a debate on who is the top shooting guard in the league. Since Klay Thompson is a great two-way player, he has always been towards the top of the list. There is no longer a debate. Harden can score on anyone and has become one of the best passers in the league. First, Stephen Curry and then Russell Westbrook passed him over for MVP but this has to be his year.
2. Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons is the future. It might be a blessing in disguise that he was injured all of last season so he can become more NBA ready without having to showcase his skills too early and reveal any major weaknesses. His playmaking and ability to run the floor and get to the rim sets him apart from any rookie and already most players in the league. Averaging 18 points 9 rebounds and 8 assists, Simmons is looking like a future top player in the NBA.
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis for MVP? At the very least he will give Harden a run for his money. The Greek Freak is leading the Milwaukee Bucks to be a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference. Now averaging 30 points and 10 rebounds a game, he has gotten better every year and he is only 22. Sky. Is. The. Limit. Now that the Bucks acquired Eric Bledsoe, Giannis finally has a decent player at his side so it will be interesting to see if he can maintain this pace or if his numbers will start to decrease as the Bucks continue to surround him with better talent.
Though he did not make the list, Russell Westbrook is my favorite player. I’m sure as he begins to figure things out with Melo and PG3, and Lebron and the Cavs finally get serious, this list will likely see some changes.
Let me know..what would your list look like?
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